Spring is finally here. That’s great news for those craving warmth and color but potentially bad news for those with pollen allergies. Allergens from spring often make the body’s immune system go haywire, causing symptoms like hay fever, asthma, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma, sinus infections, and eczema. In the US alone, some 60 million people are affected by hay fever every spring. And though allergies used to be lower in the Southwest, Arizona hay fever is now rampant.
With ever-changing climates, this spring and summer are expected to be warmer than usual which means early pollination.
Trees and flowers come into full bloom during spring. As plants bloom they produce pollens that get carried away through the air. Here are some of the more common allergy-inducing trees.
- Western red cedar
How to Fight Spring Allergies
One of your best defenses against spring allergies it to ensure that your doors and windows are closed as much as possible. This will restrict the amount of pollen that can be introduced into your home. Additionally, make sure to regularly clean or replace your furnace filter. Having a clean filter allows for maximum trapping of pollens that to enter your home.
For long-term relief from hay fever and seasonal allergies, consider sublingual immunotherapy or “allergy drops.” Sublingual immunotherapy is a pain-free alternative to allergy shots. The benefit of immunotherapy is that it’s not a temporary solution. Sublingual immunotherapy treats the underlying source of your allergies by desensitizing your body to common triggers. Click here to read more about treating hay fever allergies with sublingual immunotherapy. (Sublingual immunotherapy is available to patients throughout the valley: Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix, etc.)